"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are"
- ee cummings
The leap from primary into secondary school presents a period of rapid change for children. The expectations and environment are vastly different, as students are required to be more independent, mature and organised. Stepping into senior school for the first time can be a very daunting experience for some students, especially if it is their first exposure to timetables, navigating a big campus, increased homework demands, and being independent and having a high level of organisational skills. A well-planned and coordinated approach to transitioning students from primary to secondary school during Year 6 and 7 can make a significant difference to a student’s achievement, engagement and wellbeing outcomes. By slowly introducing our Years 6 and 7 students to the requirements of secondary schooling, and by developing and fostering the skills they will need to thrive in high school, we give them a flying start into their secondary years.
Our Year 6 students begin their transition the year before they start Year 6 via an experience and orientation day on our Ashmore Road campus. They are taken on a short tour of the grounds, meet the Principal, Head of Campus and teachers, and have all their questions answered. They are then led through sample Year 6 classes in elective subjects such as Design and Technology, Culinary and Hospitality, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Parents are invited to join their children towards the end of the day to meet staff and ask questions. This transition day ensures all our new Year 6 students start the year happy, secure and confident with a strong sense of belonging.
Our Year 6 and 7 students are supported by having a dedicated team of experienced Middle Years specialist teachers led by a dedicated Head of Year 6 and a dedicated Head of Year 7. We have purpose built classrooms for Year 6 and for Year 7 to facilitate our approach to developing independence, and preparing them for secondary school where they will have greater autonomy and will need to be self-motivated and responsible for their own learning. Our flexible learning spaces and break-out spaces allow teachers to give students varying levels of independence based on their individual needs and stage of development. Students generally rise to the challenge because they are proud to be given some responsibility and independence.
Organisational skills - the process of planning your day and making sure you are prepared with all the necessary resources you need - are skills that need to be developed. Our Year 6 and 7 students have fewer teachers and room changes, and take their core subjects with their homeroom teacher but they also have specialist teachers for subjects such as Design and Technology, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Sport and Culinary and Hospitality. This provides a gentle introduction to timetabling, and preparation and organisation, cultivating independence in a supportive environment. We help our students to manage their timetable and homework requirements, organise their week and remember important events through our portal.
Moving from primary to secondary school happens alongside the transition from childhood to adolescence and includes many changes - both physically and emotionally. Our Positive Education Wellbeing Program is an evidence-based welbeing program which involves teaching both traditional skills and skills for happiness. It teaches students about emotions and how to build healthy relationships. We believe the skills for happiness, resilience and positive emotion can be learned and should be taught in school. We teach your child to build positive approaches to life, creating a protective net around a variety of issues such as anxiety and depression. Positive education has been shown to increase enjoyment of and engagement in school, increase curiosity and a love of learning and enhance social skills like empathy, co-operation, assertiveness and self-control. All these outcomes increase academic achievement and build emotional resilience.
The best way to make an informed opinion about a school is to visit. We would love to show you around our campus and introduce you to our Year 6 and Year 7 learning spaces and teaching specialists so you can see the Trinity difference for yourself. Book a tour of Trinity today via this LINK.